This year has seen big changes in our lives besides welcoming our baby Arlo this past month. Back in January we decided to combine forces in our livelihood and merged our projects together to create this new space. While the name is the same(for Rachel) we have incorporated all areas of life into our coaching and believe that this will better serve our community.
The changes our clients have seen so far this year are amazing. We are so proud of the health, wellness, mindset, and lifestyle changes that each of our clients create to accomplish their goals and dreams. You, too, can transform your life and create the connections you desire.
So what is a Naturally Connected Life?
A life defined by your values.
When you truly know yourself well enough to identify your values then you can begin to live with intentionality and connection. Define your values for yourself and your family. As you do this you will see that what you value begins to take shape in your health, your home, your community, and the world around you.
Having a defined set of values gives you a guidepost for when things are difficult. It gives you something to back up your decisions and keeps your “no” from seeming arbitrary. It empowers you to feel like you’re actually making a difference in the world. It will create more connection within your family and will allow them to see the connections to the bigger picture.
Living a life defined by your values is the first step and maybe one of the hardest. In the past year I have spent much time in meditation and reflection thinking about what I value and how I want that to shape my life. The “hows” may change along the way, but at the end of the day the values remain the same. They are my lighthouse in the storm.
A life that is simple & rhythmic.
Once you have a set of values you begin to craft the life you desire. Simple and rhythmic might not be the first words that come to mind when you’re creating a new life, but there is a reason some of the happiest people in the world are Buddhist monks who have nothing.
Simple and rhythmic can also be a state of mind. They can be mantras for how you carry out your day and how you lead your family through life. Even if you have a to-do list a mile long you can still hold to the simple and rhythmic mantra. Check your email only at a chosen time of day, delegate these tasks, have a set weekly meal plan and shopping list, etc. Finding your inner peacefulness will do wonders for creating calm during the storm.
Simplicity and rhythm are also very useful tools for creating a connected childhood. Children do not need extravagant or excessive toys, they do not need tons of activities to do, or daily chaos. Children (and adults) are at their best when life is predictable, supportive, and calm. Change and chaos will happen and the best way to handle it is through simplifying the situation and allowing the natural rhythmic flow to hold you.
A life that is emotionally connected.
We are all longing to be emotionally understood. In this path of life we learn to see our emotions and befriend them. In doing so, we are able to connect with those around us on a much deeper level. When we know ourselves and our own emotional landscape then we can connect to others in a loving and kind manner. Through this love and connection we will create great change in the world.
The epidemic of mental health disorders stems directly from the lack of connection we feel to those around us. By putting down the smartphone and making eye contact with the person next to us we are learning to be both vulnerable and strong at the same time. We grow our own capacity for caring and connection as we place a higher value on real human interactions. I feel the irony as I write this to you from the ethers of the internet, and this is why I plan to make in-person engagements and workshops a priority!
Emotional connection is also a form of gratitude. It is impossible to be grateful and not feel emotionally connected to your family and the world around you. The emotion of gratitude will take you a long way. It will make this year your best ever, and will connect you with more opportunities and blessings than you ever thought possible. If you’re striving to feel more emotionally connected, start with gratitude. It is guaranteed to lead you down a path of shining new possibilities and connections.
A life that is seeking.
I don’t mean seeking the best deal on the latest gadget. I mean seeking truth. What are you seeking? Are you willing to question the status quo? Are you questioning why modern life has become so isolating and consumer driven? Even if you had not yet made it to these questions, it is still possible to be aware of this deep-down feeling of seeking something better. We all are. A Naturally Connected Life is one of seeking questions, answers and discovering the bigger picture.
Your life is one that is seeking to connect to others who are struggling with the same issues and problems. You aren’t alone, and we are all here to support and inspire each other. You see the stress and strain and you know there is a better way to live in the world. You are ready to find the new path and begin the new journey just as we did.
Let’s talk and I will help you to discover what a Naturally Connected Life might look like for you.